The Stradivaria Festival offered an incredible program with events that filled the halls and outdoor venues to capacity. Nearly 20,000 people (an attendance record) were able to attend the various concerts offered from July 2 to 29, 2023.
The festival was once again able to delight music lovers and music lovers this year with a range of several musical styles as announced by its slogan: “TCHAÏKOVSKY in TANGUAY”. The events were very popular attracting large crowds and new festival-goers of all ages, particularly many families with young children. The edition was marked by 17 concerts, 13 of which were free, more than 200 guest artists on stage and more than 15,000 spectators present on site. Stradivaria’s traveling formula made it possible to present concerts mainly in the Laurentians, but also in Lanaudière.
“For its 25th anniversary, the Stradivaria Festival has launched a new series which aims to inspire the next generation of artists in Quebec! » tells us Alexandre Da Costa, artistic director. The Inspiration Series featured Canadian and international artists such as the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Sascha Goetz, Adrian Anantawan & Victor Valdez. They not only advocate excellence, but significantly influence the social fabric around them by overcoming major physical and social-economic challenges.
In addition to the multiple concerts presented in July, the guest soloists also offered master classes and conferences which were a strong model for emerging artistic musicians. Throughout the concerts in this series, two very talented young people who aspire to a professional career in classical music had the chance to play and rub shoulders with the invited soloists thanks to the “Perseverance Prize” competition. Congratulations to young violinists Paul Bertrand and Michael Li!
Madame Chantale Jeannotte, Member of Parliament for Labelle, offered the National Assembly medal to our artistic director, violinist and conductor Alexandre Da Costa during the July 23 concert in Mont-Tremblant. “We are giving you this medal, dear Alexandre, to recognize your journey and your exceptional achievements, but above all to thank you for all the good you do around you, whether it is to introduce us to pieces, genres and composers. or to brighten up the daily lives of people who attend your performances or those of the orchestras you direct. You open the doors to new musical horizons for all generations and you are, in this, a citizen of great value! »
Martine Cardinal, general director of the Stradivaria Festival, comments: “We owe the creation of this 25th edition to all those who worked directly or indirectly in collaboration with the festival. On my behalf and that of the entire Stradivaria Festival team, I would like to warmly thank our dear members of the board of directors, the guest artists, the spectators, the elected officials and collaborators of the municipalities, the donors and the volunteers who donated generously and who support our festival more than ever. THANKS! »